By Tom Ingram Ask a master gardener
As many of you know, horticultural education is one of the most important guidelines, not only for the Tulsa County OSU Extension, but also for the Tulsa Master Gardeners. For this reason we teach horticulture wherever we can and in whatever way we can. As part of this educational work, we have two options on the horizon for you.
Here’s a question we get asked a lot: what type of plant would you recommend for my location/situation? We have lists of plants suitable for specific locations, both annual and perennial, but sometimes it’s difficult to make decisions based on photos or descriptions. What really helps is seeing the plants “in the wild,” so to speak. To support this, Tulsa’s Master Gardeners at each location offer an annual Garden Tour with Master Gardeners to answer your questions. This year’s Garden Tour theme is Luxury Landscapes, and we have 5 beautifully designed homes that will inspire you with possibilities for your home garden.
The first house is titled From First House to Forever Home. These homeowners have lived in this home for 47 years and have transformed their home from trampolines and soccer goals into a beautiful landscape of sun and shade gardens. They also have a beautiful butterfly garden.
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Next is a house titled Inspired by Family…Seasons of Life. This garden is full of perennials and has a specific seasonal area associated with each child’s birthday. Do you know what hill culture is? You will after visiting this home garden.
The third house is titled A Generational Garden. The members of this family have gardening in their blood as it has been passed down from generation to generation. It includes homemade containers made by the owner’s daughter, as well as hydrangeas made by the homeowner’s grandmother. This generational garden is also full of pollinator plants.
Fourth, we have a landscape for comfortable life. If you’re looking for ideas on what to grow in shady locations, you’ve come to the right place. This homeowner has maintained this shaded garden space for 35 years. It contains a variety of tropical plants that move indoors each winter and there is even a fig tree brought from Greece.
And finally, we have a landscape called Ornamental Beauty and Intentional Gardening. This garden features a variety of native plants, a dedicated pollinator plant area and a vegetable garden that we all wish we had. This homeowner uses timed irrigation and in-soil composting along with integrated pest control practices.
The Luxury Landscapes Garden Tour takes place on June 4th and 5th. Advance tickets can be purchased on our website for $10 each and are available at the houses during the tour for $15. Addresses will be posted on our website and on your tickets (www.tulsamastergardeners.org) during the tour.
Next we have the fall version of our Urban Gardener training. We teach the fall series for a variety of reasons: it’s timed to coincide with fall vegetable garden planting plans, fall is the best time to select and plant trees and shrubs, and cool season lawn grass is best best when sown in the fall. Believe it or not, gardening takes 12 months every year.
There are six Urban Gardener classes covering a variety of topics. The first three classes we call Seed to Supper, which cover soil management, composting, types of vegetable gardens, seed selection, seed set, tips for growing vegetables successfully here in Oklahoma, and natural pest control methods. The second series of three courses is called our Lawn and Landscape group, which builds on the first Seed to Supper courses and continues with pollinator gardens, trees and shrubs, and lawn management.
Classes begin on Tuesday, July 19 and will run for a total of six evenings when we meet at the OSU Extension office on 15th Street from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday evenings.
This year we launched our Seed to Supper Farm, which not only serves as a place to teach master gardeners how to grow fruit, herbs and vegetables, but this year’s Urban Gardener courses include a field trip to the farm for hands-on learning allow about the cultivation of vegetables. Another driving purpose of our new Seed to Supper Farm is to donate the produce grown on this farm to groups in Tulsa that are distributing food to those in need. In that sense it becomes a true seed to supper farm. We are very excited about the possibilities.
You can register for the Urban Gardener courses on our website (www.tulsamastergardeners.org). When registering, you can register for all six courses or either the Seed to Supper segment or the Lawn and Landscape segment, depending on where your interest lies. Of course we hope that you will register for all six. Registration for all six classes is $45. Registration for one of the two segments instead of all six classes costs $25. Seats for these courses are limited and they usually sell out, so don’t hesitate if you’re interested. See you in the garden!
You can get answers to all of your gardening questions by calling the Tulsa Master Gardeners Help Line at 918-746-3701, stopping by our diagnostic center at 4116 E. 15th Street, or emailing us at email@example.com.
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